On a recent trip to Vermont, we were able to spend time at Shelburne Farms. Somehow, I was not expecting much from this stop and planned it as a quick break on our way to Burlington. I was pleasantly surprised! I knew there would be cute farm animals, but what I didn’t anticipate was the stunning grounds, impressive barn structure and eager staff ready to educate the kids on everything farm related.
Riding the tractor up, you clearly see right away that this is no ordinary barn. Built during the “Gilded Age” by a Vanderbilt, the barn is both massive and architecturally beautiful. It’s nearly as impressive as the Royal Mews in London (Royal Barn). The grounds were designed by Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed Central Park; they are expansive and make for an excellent day of hiking.
In the 1970’s, when the family needed money to maintain the large structures, they turned the farm into a non-profit, thus benefiting from the tax break. The non-profit educates visitors about the sustainable farming and they do an excellent job entertaining any questions you may have.
My kids loved petting various farm animals, milking cows and goats, collecting eggs, feeding bottles to baby cows and goats and let’s not forget watching the delicious cheese being made.
You have an option when you arrive on which tour to take. We just did the barn, but next time I would recommend seeing the whole property. That way you can see the Breeding Barn, the Coach House and the house which was converted to a lovely inn.
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Photos courtesy of Nancy Solomon
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